The federal government created a program to help people pay for rent, security deposits, utility bills, and overall prevent evictions. Lexington County South Carolina was allocated almost $600,000 in federal government grants as part of the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP).
The main goal of the HPRP program is to provide homeless prevention assistance to households. This housing aid is offered in the form of rent help. The program is aimed at those people who would otherwise become homeless without housing assistance. Many people are struggling due to the economic crisis and need some short term help to stay current on their rent. The HPRP program will also provide assistance to rapidly rehouse persons who are currently homeless.
One thing that is widely recognized is that it is less expensive for the government to prevent evictions and keep people in their homes than it is to rehouse a homeless family. So funds are targeted towards those families and individuals who are currently in an apartment or stable housing but are at risk of being evicted and becoming homeless. The rent assistance program will pay for temporary rent or utility bill assistance to prevent people from being homeless. Or applicants can receive assistance to move to another, less expensive unit.
Components of the program provide for:
While various charities and non-profit firms in the Lexington area will be administering the program, you should contact the Aiken/Barnwell/Lexington Community Action Commission, Inc. to learn where to apply, and to get more information on the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. Call the agency at (803) 648-6836. The non-profit community action agency is one of the leading organizations to call for other assistance on energy bills. Read more.
Salvation Army administers emergency aid in the county. Resources are offered to low income families to help them get through a crisis. In addition the agency’s case managers will partner with clients in an effort to assist them with finding a longer term solution. Apply for rental assistance or energy bill help (if faced with homelessness or eviction). Other Salvation Army programs in Lexington include free food, back to school supplies, clothing, Christmas assistance, and low cost thrift stores and clothing closets. Click here.
God's Helping Hands has limited amounts of emergency financial assistance. Help is offered to individuals and families in crisis. Apply for resources including clothing, food, rent, prescription medicine, and utility bill and medication assistance. 919 Holland Ave, Cayce, South Carolina 29033. Call (803) 791-4167
Lexington Interfaith Community Services is a leading non-profit in the region. The agency will try to help meet the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. Other aid includes mortgage assistance, funds for rent, food vouchers, hotel vouchers, moving cost assistance, prescriptions and money for paying energy bills. Call (803) 356-6916 for details.
GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission, Inc. also supports Lexington County. Telephone (864) 223-8434. They receive grants from the Community Service Block Grant and that allows them to fund some of the following programs. They administer Head Start, homeless assistance and family assessment, job training/job placement through WIA (Workforce Investment Act), repairs to heating and cooling devices including weatherization, utility bill help, vouchers for energy bills and more.
The Lexington community action agency - This is a leading non-profit that offers social services and assistance for the county and nearby areas. Emergency assistance can help with paying housing and rent costs, child care, or electric bills. They also process applications for government benefits such as LIHEAP or offer referrals to SNAP food stamps. Other programs in Lexington County include Head Start, job search assistance, and general case management. More details.
We Care Center can help people who are faced with a crisis situation. Emergency assistance can help pay utility bills (water, sewer, electric), gasoline vouchers and the location has an on site food pantry too. There may be very limited funding for everything from medications to housing. A thrift store may have gently used furniture or beds. The charity can offer vouchers for other aid. 1808 Chapin Rd, Chapin, SC 29036. Call (803) 345-3244. Learn more.
Sharing God's Love runs a food pantry for the needy. Location is 147 Friargate BLVD
Irmo, South Carolina 29063. Call (803) 732-3188. Other emergency assistance includes new prescriptions, food, clothing, prescription eye glasses, and more.
This is another service that is administered by the Aiken/Barnwell/Lexington Community Action Commission, Inc. This program will provide families with free energy conserving upgrades to their home and will in effect reduce their summer air conditioning bills and overall energy costs. A typical recipient of weatherization may save up to $600 per year on their bills.
The weatherization program can help people low their energy bills by up to several hundred dollars per year. Contractors will visit the home and perform an audit. Depending on their findings, they can install additional insulation, replace windows, add caulking, seal drafts in the home, tune up heating and air conditioning units, and much more.
Supreme Outreach serves the needy. The main address is 307 Pheasant Ridge Dr., Taylors, SC 29687, phone - (864) 268-1836
God's Storehouse – They may have household goods, clothing, canned food, and more. Call (803) 691-1622
Harvest HOPE Food Bank of Lexington County, 1775 12th St Ext., Cayce, South Carolina 29033, call (803) 794-1627
Mount Pleasant Swansea Outreach Foundation can be reached at (803) 260-6786.
Other charities also operate food pantries in the community. They may have clothing, school supplies, groceries and Christmas meals too. Or residents can contact DSS for help. Locate more Lexington food banks.
Eau Claire Cooperative Health Agency is a center that offers family practice for those of all ages. Some of the medical care offered even includes OB/GYN and a pharmacy. The address is 1115 State Street in Cayce, SC 29033. Call 939-0174
Palmetto Baptist Medical Center is a nearby medical center. A sliding fee scale is in place for the low income and uninsured. Volunteers, nurses, and medical professionals may provide evaluations, check ups, and other services. Counseling is offered too. (803) 296-5010
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